Those ties have given the Tigers a chance at one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country as Ashbrook High's Jheranie Boyd says that he's looking strongly at Auburn now that his school is running Franklin's offensive system and also because he likes both Franklin and Coach Tommy Tuberville.
"I like Auburn a lot," the 6-3, 185 Boyd says. "We went to the spread offense this year. We run the same type of offense as them. If I went to Auburn I would already know the offense. I like Auburn a lot. I just want to go down there and visit.
"I have talked to coach Franklin and I've talked to the head coach once," he adds. "Coach Franklin seems like he's a real cool dude. I want to try to get up there this summer, but most likely I'll probably take an official visit there."
Up to around 18 offers at the moment with schools such as USC, Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina State, Maryland and Wake Forest among the suitors, Jay (as he likes to be called) says at the moment he's just enjoying the recruiting process and is in no big hurry to make a decision.
"I'm wide open," he says. "It has been pretty busy. I thought I had a free weekend this week, but I have to go to the Shrine Bowl Combine so I don't have a break.
"I'm still visiting schools," he adds. "I know I'm going to a Southern California camp over the summer. I might make my decision on signing day or I might make it early so I can graduate early. That's something I'm considering so I can play in the spring."
In his first full season as a starter at wide receiver, Boyd was almost unstoppable for Ashbrook as he caught 47 passes for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged an unheard of 24.5 yards per reception for an entire season.
He is also a standout in another sport in high school. Running his second track meet in two days on Wednesday, Boyd put together one of the all-time best performances of any prospect in recent memory. Running the 100, 200 and 400 meters, Boyd set the stage for big movement up the list of top wide receivers with his times on the track.
"I broke the record in all three of those on Tuesday and then I broke my own record on Wednesday," Boyd says. "In the 100 I ran a 10.45. On the first day in the 200 I ran 21.6 and then I ran a 21.3. In the 400 I ran a 50 flat on the first day and then I ran a 49.09."
With those times it's not surprising that Boyd's 40-yard dash time is also outstanding, although he says he feels like it will be much better the next time he runs it. "You know what, I think I ran the 40 one time and it was the summer of last year," he says. "I ran a 4.45, but I probably run a 4.2 or 4.3 right now if I get the right training."
Even with his breakaway speed, Boyd says he feels like his strengths as a player come on the plays when his speed isn't an advantage. "I'm a physical player," Boyd says. "On my highlight tape you'll see a lot of big blocks like cut off blocks, plus my speed and jumping ability. I have a 44 inch vertical running and jumping and a 42 inch jumping straight up."